"Public service and employment is an honor which carries a deep public trust. This defendant violated that trust."

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CLEVELAND -- U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach confirmed that the manager of the U.S. Postal Service's Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Cleveland was charged today with extorting $19,280.87, in cash bribes and free vehicle repairs, and stealing Postal Service property worth more than $800.

Kevin R. Hood, 46, of Richmond Heights, was charged by a 2-count criminal information with one count of extortion under color of right, and one count of misdemeanor theft of government property.

"Public service and employment is an honor which carries a deep public trust. This defendant violated that trust. This office has zero tolerance for public corruption at any level," Dettelbach said.

The information charges that, as manager of the Postal Service Vehicle Maintenance Facility at 1801 Broadway Avenue in Cleveland, Hood had the ability to award and monitor Postal Service Contracts.

The information charges that between May 2011 and March 2013, Hood used this position to extort cash bribes and vehicle repair services from a Postal Service contractor in exchange for continued work under the contract.

Hood also stole car batteries and vehicle parts valued between $800 and $1000 from the Postal Service Vehicle Maintenance Facility for his personal use, according to the information.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Antoinette T. Bacon and Miranda E. Dugi following an investigation by special agents of the U.S. Postal Service's Office of Inspector General.

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